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Veteran’s Day- No School on Monday, November, 11th

A reminder to our students and guardians:

School will be closed on Monday, November 11 for Veterans Day.

Keep up to date with all school events on our 2019-2020 school calendar.

VOICES Received Additional Grant Funding, Adding Extended-Day Programming

Our VOICES Extended Day programming received an increase in funding from the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant last week and

we’re excited to announce additional after school programming! As always, all programs are free, and open to all students on a drop-in basis, no registration or enrollment necessary.

Starting this week we’ll be offering a Photo & Video Arts class, and extending our Desert Youth Gardening school-day elective after school.
Taught by CHS alum, and recent art school graduate, Grace King Palmer, Photo & Video Arts will be focusing on a variety of photo techniques,aswell as filmmaking. The class will meet in room 205 (art studio) on Mondays 3:15-5:15, and Wednesdays 1-3pm, beginning on 11/6.
The Desert Youth Gardening class (aka DYG Afterschool) is led by Jennifer Knochel, and will also be starting up 11/6, meeting Tuesdays, 3-4:30, & Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm. They will work on sustainability projects in the alley and around the school. You don’t need to be enrolled in the DYG elective to participate!
Stay tuned for more additions to our extended day program coming soon including after school Credit Recovery, ACT Test Prep, Chemistry Tutoring, weekend outings with Ironwood Tree Experience, workshops with Sonoran Glass School, and more!

6th Annual Chili Cook Off

Greetings City CCL family!

It’s chili season!
Our 6th Annual Chili Cook Off is THIS MONTH!
Join us Thursday, November 21st from 5:30-7:00pm
Students, parents, staff, and the community are welcome to enter their chili OR come and EAT chili for $5 per person!
Cost of entry includes a drink and all the chili you can eat.
Chili participants eat for free!
Find the entry form HERE.
RSVP to the facebook event HERE!

Tucson Poet Laureate, TC Tolbert to teach poetry workshop at CHS!!

We are excited to announce that Tucson’s current poet laureate, TC Tolbert, will be returning to City High School’s GSA next month to host a free 3 week series of poetry workshops. And you are invited! (You don’t have to be a current participant in our GSA.)
The workshop series, called Trans/Space: A Trans*, Non-binary, and Queer+ Poetry Project, aims to “honor, celebrate and lift up Trans*, Non-binary, and/or Queer+ (TNBQ+) poets and poetry, and spread the brilliant and necessary words of TNBQ+ folks, connecting us to each other’s work in Tucson, Arizona, and beyond.”  Check out the website here:
The series runs during our GSA meetings, 3:15-4:15 in room 103 on the following days:
  • Monday, 11/4
  • Wednesday, 11/13
  • Monday, 11/18
If interested, please drop by the first meeting!

Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 School Year

Choosing a high school is a big decision for 8th graders and their families to make, and we encourage everyone to get out and visit the schools they are considering as part of their research! The enrollment deadline is February 1, 2020 for new students for the upcoming school year. Applications for 2020-2021 received on or before February 1, 2020 will be included in our enrollment lottery. Preference is given to students enrolled at one of the CITY Center for Collaborative Learning schools in the prior school year, siblings of students enrolled in one or more of the schools at the time of the enrollment deadline, and children of employees. The application deadline for preferred enrollment is also February 1st. Any applications received after February 1 will be placed on the waiting list and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis as spots become available.

Prospective students and their families are invited to attend morning and evening tours at City High School. Visit the Enroll section of our website for tour dates, details, and directions on how to RSVP.

Student-Led Conferences for Freshmen and Juniors: October 16, 17 and 18


Freshman and Juniors have been preparing for their Student-Led Conferences, happening October 16, 17, and 18, the week after Fall Break. The Student-Led Conference , a City Hight School tradition, is facilitated by the student’s Advisor and attended by parents, peers, and other teachers. Students discuss their development and mastery of City High School’s Habits of Heart and Mind by presenting evidence in the form of work they have done over the course of the fall semester. They also set and discuss goals as well as discuss their understanding of the social emotional skills we’ve started to focus on this year.

Parents of Freshmen and JuniorsOnline sign up for Student-Led Conferences is now live! Thirty-minute conference time slots are available Wednesday, October 16th from 1:30-4:30 p.m.;  Thursday, October 17th from 8:30-11:00 a.m. and 4:00-7:30 p.m.,  or Friday, October 18th from 8:30-11:00 a.m.

To schedule a conference for your City High student, please click on the following link:

Click on your student’s Advisor to select a conference at a time that is convenient for your family. You will only schedule ONE conference with your student’s Advisor. Please do not schedule more than one conference, or schedule a conference with another teacher. If you run into problems scheduling a conference online, please call us at (520) 623-7223 or email We look forward to seeing you at your student’s Student-Led Conference!

The school will operate on special schedules on October 17 and 18 to accommodate the conference schedule:


11:00 a.m. Building opens to students

11:40 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Lunch served

12:05 p.m.-12:45 p.m. PER 1

12:50 p.m.-1:30 p.m. PER 3

1:35 p.m.- 2:15 p.m. PER 5

2:20 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ADVISORY

Students dismissed at 3:00 p.m.



11:00 a.m. Building opens to students

11:40 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Lunch served

12:05 p.m.-12:45 p.m. PER 2

12:50 p.m.-1:30 p.m. PER 4

1:35 p.m.- 2:15 p.m. PER 6

2:20 p.m.-3:00 p.m. PER 7

Students dismissed at 3:00 p.m.

Please note: Sophomores and Seniors will have their Student-Led Conferences on January 8, 9, and 10.

City High School Fall Break- Oct 4th-11th

City High School will be on Fall Break starting Friday, October 4th until Friday, October 11th. We will return to school on Monday, October 14th. Q1 progress reports will be sent home during this break. Stayed tuned for information on the upcoming Student Led Conferences happening after fall break.

Junior College Tour Field Trip Information Night – Thurs, Sept 19th

This Thursday, September 19th, come learn more about our Junior College Tour Field Trip. This informational Family Night will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at City High School. It is a chance for parents and students to ask additional questions and return any paperwork related to the trip. The Field Trip will take place on October 1st through October 3rd.

A downloadable version of the packet can be found here: Junior College Tour Field Trip Packet

We hope to see you then!

Reminder: Special Schedule + Parent-Teacher Conferences, September 12 & 13

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be Thursday evening, September 12, from 4:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and on Friday morning, September 13, between 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Conferences will be “arena style,” meaning that all teachers will be set up together on the ground floor (spread out with one teacher per table). Each teacher will have a sign-up sheet with 10 minute appointment slots available. Parents will sign up for a single slot with whichever of their student’s teachers they would like to meet with. Parents do not need to schedule times in advance, and can arrive any time during conference hours. Slots do tend to fill up quickly, so sign up with your student’s teachers as soon as you arrive.



School will run on a modified schedule to make room for parent-teacher conferences. Students will attend a half-day, afternoon schedule and lunch will be served each day:



11:00 a.m. Building opens to students

11:40 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Lunch served

12:05 p.m.-1:00 p.m. PERIOD 1

1:05 p.m.-2:00 p.m. PERIOD 3

2:05 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. PERIOD 5

Students dismissed at 3:00 p.m.

Drop-In Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.



Drop-in Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.: Building opens to students

11:40 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Lunch served

12:05 p.m.-12:40 p.m. ADVISORY

12:45 p.m.-1:50 p.m. PERIOD 2

1:55 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. PERIOD 4

Students dismissed at 3:00 p.m.


Contact Becca Dillon,, 623-7223 x 206 with questions.

VOICES After School Programs Launching 

City High School’s extended-day program, VOICES, is launching it’s 10th year, offering free before and after school academic and enrichment opportunities to all students.

The Fall Schedule has been released, with some programs already beginning and others after the Labor Day holiday. Interested students need only to show up to join and can earn off-campus lunch privilege after 30 days of participation.

View the schedule here: VoicesFallSchedule2019

VOICES programs already in full swing or starting this week:
  • 8/13 – Morning Office Hours: TuesdayFriday 8:30-9am in core subject teacher classrooms
  • 8/13 – Academic Tutoring: Tuesday & Friday 3-4:30pmWednesday 1-2pm, in Room 201
  • 8/19 – Morning Workout: MondayFriday 7:30-8:45am at the YMCA.
  • 8/19 – Basketball Practice: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 3:30-5:30pm at the YMCA.
  • 8/20 – Classical Guitar: Tuesday 3:00-4:00pm (class enrollment only)
  • 8/20 – Radio DJ Crew: Tuesday 3:00-4:00pm
  • 8/22 – Family Nights: Thursday 5:30-7:00pm
  • 8/28 – Honors Candidacy: Wednesdays (monthly) 1:15-2:30pm
  • 8/30 – Podcast Discussion: Friday 3:15-4:15 in Room 217

**Stay tuned for more info for programming starting soon:                     

Music Workshop, GSA, D & D Club, Crafting Workshops, Culinary Art, Narwhal News, Makerspace, The Loft Film Club, Cycling Team, Rap Club and more!
Questions? Please contact VOICES Coordinator, Tom Moore, at
VOICES is made possible by a federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grant.